UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

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This page describes the qualifying procedure for the UEFA Euro 2008.

Qualified teams

  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Austria Co-host 12 December 2002 0 (debut)
  Switzerland Co-host 12 December 2002 2 (1996, 2004)
 Germany[B] Group D runner-up 13 October 2007 9 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Greece Group C winner 17 October 2007 2 (1980, 2004)
 Czech Republic[C] Group D winner 17 October 2007 6 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Romania Group G winner 17 October 2007 3 (1984, 1996, 2000)
 Poland Group A winner 17 November 2007 0 (debut)
 Italy Group B winner 17 November 2007 6 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 France Group B runner-up 17 November 2007 6 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Croatia Group E winner 17 November 2007 2 (1996, 2004)
 Spain Group F winner 17 November 2007 7 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Netherlands Group G runner-up 17 November 2007 7 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Portugal Group A runner-up 21 November 2007 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Turkey Group C runner-up 21 November 2007 2 (1996, 2000)
 Russia[D] Group E runner-up 21 November 2007 8 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004)
 Sweden Group F runner-up 21 November 2007 3 (1992, 2000, 2004)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  2. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  3. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
  4. ^ From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as CIS.

Seedings

Qualification coefficients were used to rank the teams according to their results in both UEFA Euro 2004 and 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying stages. Only the group matches, and not any additional playoffs, counted towards the coefficients, also determining which pot a national team was put in. Some points to note:

The draw took place on 27 January 2006 in Montreux, Switzerland.[1] Austria (1.333) and Switzerland (1.833) were already assured of places at Euro 2008 as host nations.

Pot Team Coefficient rating Pot Team Coefficient rating
1  Greece[A] 1.950 5  Hungary 1.389
 Netherlands 2.550  Finland 1.300
 Portugal 2.500  Estonia 1.250
 England 2.500  Wales 1.167
 Czech Republic 2.450  Lithuania 1.111
 France 2.444  Albania 1.050
 Sweden 2.278  Iceland 0.944
2  Germany 2.250 6  Georgia 0.850
 Croatia 2.222  Macedonia 0.750
 Italy 2.222  Belarus 0.722
 Turkey 2.100  Armenia 0.700
 Poland 2.056  Northern Ireland 0.667
 Spain 2.056  Cyprus 0.667
 Romania 1.950  Moldova 0.611
3  Serbia 1.889 7  Liechtenstein 0.450
 Russia 1.850  Azerbaijan 0.389
 Denmark 1.850  Andorra 0.250
 Norway 1.778  Malta 0.222
 Bulgaria 1.778  Faroe Islands 0.111
 Ukraine 1.750  Kazakhstan 0.083
 Slovakia 1.650  Luxembourg 0.000
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.611  San Marino 0.000
 Republic of Ireland 1.556
 Belgium 1.556
 Latvia 1.550
 Israel 1.500
 Scotland 1.500
 Slovenia 1.444
  1. ^ Greece were first seeded, as European champions

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question
  5. If, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6) and 7) will apply.
  6. Results of all group matches: 1. Superior goal difference 2. Higher number of goals scored 3. Higher number of goals scored away from home 4. Fair play conduct
  7. Drawing of lots

Summary

Below is a table containing all seven qualifying groups. Teams that secured a place in the final tournament are highlighted in green. The order of teams is by final group position. For the first time, UEFA named the qualifying groups alphabetically rather than numerically.

  Winners and the runners-up of each group qualified directly for the UEFA Euro 2008
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round

Hosts

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G

Poland

Portugal

Italy

France

Greece

Turkey

Czech Republic

Germany

Croatia

Russia

Spain

Sweden

Romania

Netherlands

Serbia

Finland

Belgium

Kazakhstan

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Scotland

Ukraine

Lithuania

Georgia

Faroe Islands

Norway

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Moldova

Hungary

Malta

Republic of Ireland

Slovakia

Wales

Cyprus

San Marino

England

Israel

Macedonia

Estonia

Andorra

Northern Ireland

Denmark

Latvia

Iceland

Liechtenstein

Bulgaria

Belarus

Albania

Slovenia

Luxembourg

Groups

The qualifying process started in August 2006. Austria and Switzerland were automatically granted places in the tournament finals as the host nations.

The qualifying format had been changed from the previous tournament: the respective winners and runners-up from seven groups would automatically qualify for the finals, alongside the host nations. Therefore, there were no play-offs between the runners-up of the groups. Group A contained eight teams, while the other six groups each contained seven.

As the official successor of the previous football association, Serbia inherited the position originally allotted to Serbia and Montenegro in Group A prior to the dissolution of the state union. Montenegro were granted UEFA membership after qualifying had started and thus were not able to participate in this European Championship.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Poland Portugal Serbia Finland Belgium Kazakhstan Armenia Azerbaijan
1  Poland 14 8 4 2 24 12 +12 28 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–0 5–0
2  Portugal 14 7 6 1 24 10 +14 27 2–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–0
3  Serbia 14 6 6 2 22 11 +11 24 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0
4  Finland 14 6 6 2 13 7 +6 24 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1
5  Belgium 14 5 3 6 14 16 −2 18 0–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 3–0
6  Kazakhstan 14 2 4 8 11 21 −10 10 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–1
7  Armenia 12 2 3 7 4 13 −9 9 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 Canc.[a]
8  Azerbaijan 12 1 2 9 6 28 −22 5 1–3 0–2 1–6 1–0 0–1 1–1 Canc.[a]
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b The matches between Azerbaijan and Armenia were cancelled by UEFA with both associations receiving no points, as the two national associations failed to resolve political and security disagreements.[2][3]

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy France Scotland Ukraine Lithuania Georgia (country) Faroe Islands
1  Italy 12 9 2 1 22 9 +13 29 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1
2  France 12 8 2 2 25 5 +20 26 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 5–0
3  Scotland 12 8 0 4 21 12 +9 24 1–2 1–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 6–0
4  Ukraine 12 5 2 5 18 16 +2 17 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–2 5–0
5  Lithuania 12 5 1 6 11 13 −2 16 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1
6  Georgia 12 3 1 8 16 19 −3 10 1–3 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1
7  Faroe Islands 12 0 0 12 4 43 −39 0 1–2 0–6 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–6
Source: UEFA

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Greece Turkey Norway Bosnia and Herzegovina Moldova Hungary Malta
1  Greece 12 10 1 1 25 10 +15 31 Qualify for final tournament 1–4 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 5–0
2  Turkey 12 7 3 2 25 11 +14 24 0–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 3–0 2–0
3  Norway 12 7 2 3 27 11 +16 23 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 4–0 4–0
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 4 1 7 16 22 −6 13 0–4 3–2 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–0
5  Moldova 12 3 3 6 12 19 −7 12 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 3–0 1–1
6  Hungary 12 4 0 8 11 22 −11 12 1–2 0–1 1–4 1–0 2–0 2–0
7  Malta 12 1 2 9 10 31 −21 5 0–1 2–2 1–4 2–5 2–3 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Czech Republic Germany Republic of Ireland Slovakia Wales Cyprus San Marino
1  Czech Republic 12 9 2 1 27 5 +22 29 Qualify for final tournament 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 7–0
2  Germany 12 8 3 1 35 7 +28 27 0–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 6–0
3  Republic of Ireland 12 4 5 3 17 14 +3 17 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
4  Slovakia 12 5 1 6 33 23 +10 16 0–3 1–4 2–2 2–5 6–1 7–0
5  Wales 12 4 3 5 18 19 −1 15 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–5 3–1 3–0
6  Cyprus 12 4 2 6 17 24 −7 14 0–2 1–1 5–2 1–3 3–1 3–0
7  San Marino 12 0 0 12 2 57 −55 0 0–3 0–13 1–2 0–5 1–2 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Croatia Russia England Israel Republic of Macedonia Estonia Andorra
1  Croatia 12 9 2 1 28 8 +20 29 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 7–0
2  Russia 12 7 3 2 18 7 +11 24 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 4–0
3  England 12 7 2 3 24 7 +17 23 2–3 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 5–0
4  Israel 12 7 2 3 20 12 +8 23 3–4 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 4–1
5  Macedonia 12 4 2 6 12 12 0 14 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–0
6  Estonia 12 2 1 9 5 21 −16 7 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–1
7  Andorra 12 0 0 12 2 42 −40 0 0–6 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Sweden Northern Ireland Denmark Latvia Iceland Liechtenstein
1  Spain 12 9 1 2 23 8 +15 28 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 4–0
2  Sweden 12 8 2 2 23 9 +14 26 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 3–1
3  Northern Ireland 12 6 2 4 17 14 +3 20 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1
4  Denmark 12 6 2 4 21 11 +10 20 1–3 0–3[a] 0–0 3–1 3–0 4–0
5  Latvia 12 4 0 8 15 17 −2 12 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 4–0 4–1
6  Iceland 12 2 2 8 10 27 −17 8 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–4 1–1
7  Liechtenstein 12 2 1 9 9 32 −23 7 0–2 0–3 1–4 0–4 1–0 3–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Denmark v Sweden match was abandoned in the 89th minute following a fan attack on the referee.[4] The match was awarded as a 3–0 forfeit win to Sweden by UEFA following a hearing on 8 June 2007.[5]

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Romania Netherlands Bulgaria Belarus Albania Slovenia Luxembourg
1  Romania 12 9 2 1 26 7 +19 29 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–2 3–1 6–1 2–0 3–0
2  Netherlands 12 8 2 2 15 5 +10 26 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
3  Bulgaria 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–0
4  Belarus 12 4 1 7 17 23 −6 13 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 4–2 0–1
5  Albania 12 2 5 5 12 18 −6 11 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–4 0–0 2–0
6  Slovenia 12 3 2 7 9 16 −7 11 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0
7  Luxembourg 12 1 0 11 2 23 −21 3 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–3
Source: UEFA

Top goalscorers

Scorer Goals Mins played Nation Club
David Healy 13 1075  Northern Ireland England Leeds United/Fulham
Eduardo 10 1061  Croatia England Arsenal
Euzebiusz Smolarek 9 824  Poland Spain Racing Santander
Lukas Podolski 8 660  Germany Germany Bayern Munich
Jon Dahl Tomasson 8 989  Denmark Spain Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo 8 1153  Portugal England Manchester United
Steffen Iversen 7 669  Norway Norway Rosenborg
Mladen Petrić 7 677  Croatia Germany Borussia Dortmund
Nikola Žigić 7 867  Serbia Spain Valencia
David Villa 7 896  Spain Spain Valencia

References

  1. ^ Qualifying draw (UEFA).
  2. ^ "EXCO unveils World Cup programme". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "UEFA cancel Armenia v Azerbaijan Euro qualifiers". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. 23 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Denmark hearing tomorrow". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2007. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Copenhagen contest goes to Sweden". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 

External links

  • Competition regulations (PDF file) UEFA.com
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